Fans' tribute to West Ham player stabbed at home

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Football fans at a London derby match paid tribute to a former England Under-21 international yesterday after he was stabbed in the legs.

Calum Davenport, 26, of West Ham United, received serious injuries when he and his mother Kim Stupple, 49, were attacked at her home in Kempston, Bedfordshire, on Saturday.

Yesterday, as the Premier League team met Davenport's former club Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park, fans of both sides applauded as the Hammers' announcer wished Davenport a speedy recovery. Last night, a spokesman for Bedford Hospital said the defender, whose wife is expecting their second child, was in a stable condition after surgery.

A police source said it was unclear whether his legs were deliberately targeted in the attack, in the early hours of Saturday. Ms Stupple, who was knifed in the stomach, was reported to be stable. Police are questioning a man of 25, who was arrested in Derby on suspicion of attempted murder, and a 19-year-old who was detained after the incident.

Davenport cost West Ham £3m when he transferred from Spurs in 2007 but has recently been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest.